December 1, 2010

Burns preparing for Aggieland

Arlington Martin safety Devonta Burns' path through his senior season wound up being much like his junior campaign. Martin's 2009 season ended at the hands of Class 5A Division I state champion Euless Trinity in the regional semi-finals and by luck of the draw Martin wound up facing Trinity once more. Trinity ended Burns' career with a 42-21 victory but the game was much closer than it appears with one of the more physical and bigger programs in the state. Martin was tied with the Trojans at halftime and trailed by only a touchdown in the fourth quarter after Denzell Williams' one-yard run.

"It wound up being the same run as last year," said Burns. "The same team beat us and everything. They weren't more physical; they just had bigger players than us. I did good though. I had seven tackles and some pass breakups."

Burns has not been presented with his final statistics for the 2010 season. He didn't have any interceptions this year because Martin often played him close to the line of scrimmage in run support and covering slot receivers.

"I was in the box a lot more this covering slot guys but my last game I didn't cover anyone but the tight end and running backs," he said. "In the playoffs, I did good against San Angelo Central. I had eight tackles. Against Odessa, I had eight tackles and two kickoff returns for 65 yards. Our running back got hurt in the previous game and they wanted to save him."

Now, Burns has a lot more free time on his hands without football.

"It was weird today," he said. "We usually have football in the third period. I still have a workout after school. I'm start going to do that. I'm not going to run track or anything. I'm going to work on football and keep my speed down."

Burns committed to Texas A&M back during the spring and, despite his busy playoff schedule, he got an opportunity to watch quite a few A&M games during the Aggies' six game winning streak which propelled them into a tie for the Big 12 South title, A&M's first since 1998.

"I watched all of them," he said. "The only one I didn't get a chance to watch was the Nebraska game because I went to see Euless Trinity and Allen. I thought it was a real good run, especially how they held Nebraska to six points. They did real good versus Texas, against Gilbert, Mike Davis, and Malcolm Williams. I really liked the crowd."

"They really get into the game. I went to the Oklahoma game and loved the goal line stand in the fourth quarter. I went to the Florida International game too. The players got the crowd pumped. The players fed off the crowd and they started going to work. I like to see how their safeties and corners are playing. I see how aggressive Terrence Frederick is. I feel like that he is the best tackler in the secondary. They seem to be playing lot of man to man."

Early December is typically the time for in-home visits from college coaches since the season is over for the vast majority of them as well as the prospects that they are looking at. Burns is no exception and expects to be hosting someone from the A&M staff very soon.

"I just got off phone with coach McMillian," said Burns. "He talked about the season and about the safeties. I talked about the safety depth. I can come in and play right away. They want me for strong safety. He is coming down for an in-home. He told me to pick a date."

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